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Meet Bower Bailey's Kate GitshamBUILDING BUSINESS GROWTH
Kate is one of Bower Bailey Solicitors most recent recruits, having joined the
private client team in the Swindon office this March. She has worked in law since
2007, starting out as an office junior before embarking on her legal exams through the
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Kate’s passion is private client work and for the
past five years she’s worked as a fee earner in the busy private client team of another
regional firm. We met Kate to find out more about her and her work.In the last 12 months, £1,211,055 worth of business has
been passed between members of Business Growth Group.
How did you get into law?
Many years ago I had my first job after
university as an office junior in a law firm,
the rest is history!
What do you love most about your job?
The majority of people need a lawyer as they
are experiencing a problem of one sort or
another at a stressful or difficult period of
their life. The ability to help them and guide
them through their difficulties and see them
come out the other side is what I love most
about the job.
What have you been working on since
joining Bower Bailey?
I have been working on a Drop-in Legal
Surgery which I will be launching soon at
the Swindon office. This will enable clients
to come and see me on an informal basis,
so I can provide them with information about
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney or probate
matters. There will be more details available
on our website shortly so keep an eye out.
Why is it important to have a professional
Will drawn up?
A Will is one of the most important
legal documents you will make in your
life, it deserves time, consideration and
professional advice. There are certain rules
which dictate how your property and assets
will be divided should you die without leaving
a Will and these may not reflect how you
wish your money and other possessions to
What are the pitfalls of a DIY Will?
The most common pitfall is that DIY Wills
are more likely to have been signed and
witnessed incorrectly, therefore meaning
the entire Will is invalid. If the Will is invalid,
your chosen beneficiaries may not inherit
and your estate will be divided as per the
A further pitfall is that DIY Wills are more
often than not poorly drafted which can lead
to adverse inheritance tax consequences for
your estate and even lengthy and expensive
litigation. Many estates can be eaten up by
the legal fees incurred in trying to put things
A high level of trust and close working relationships across the whole group and within sector specific sub-groups is key to this success, with the
construction sub-group being a prime example. Business Growth Group is a referral-based networking group who meet every Friday morning at
The Milk Churn in Melksham. With over 25 members representing a variety of industries and professions. In this issue of The Business Exchange
we caught up with some of the group’s construction experts to find out their most frequently asked questions…
Colin Booth, BY Joinery
Kate’s Areas of Expertise
• Preparation of Wills
• Lasting Powers of Attorney
• General Powers of Attorney
• Probate and estate administration
• Court of Protection Deputyship
• Deeds of Variation
Kate is an Associate Member of the
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
To get in touch with Kate email:
What is a Life Interest Trust? Why is it a
good idea to have one?
These trusts are set up during your lifetime
or on your death via your Will. They give your
beneficiary a right to enjoy the income of
the trust property, but reserve the capital
element of the trust property for someone
A Life Interest Trust can be beneficial if
you are concerned, for example, about future
care home fees or if you have children from a
For more info:
BY Joinery Ltd is a bespoke joinery manufacturer based near Calne.
They supply and fit quality joinery to builders, developers and private
customers not just across Wiltshire, but throughout the whole of the
UK. More and more listed buildings are being acquired and restored
year on year and alongside a pressing economic agenda, Colin is
often asked how older buildings can be brought up to date effectively.
“Improving thermal efficiency is usually the first concern with
Jason Parmley Building Contractors
“A Will is one of the most
important legal documents
you will make in your life, it
deserves time, consideration
and professional advice.”
Jason Parmley, a building contractor based in Edington, has over 30
years’ experience working on a multitude of projects. Jason and his
team lead on project plans and ideation right through to construction
and sign off, working alongside architects and building control.
The construction industry was impacted significantly during
the Covid-19 pandemic, as many industries were, with demand
outweighing supply on both materials and skills. As we start to
build back post-pandemic, Jason tells us there should always be
consideration given to hold-ups, no matter when or where.
“I will always be asked how long a job will take. That’s
understandable of course but generally speaking, the bigger the
James Coles, Coles Electrical Contractors
James Coles, owner of Coles Electrical Contractors, has over
10 years’ experience in the electrical trade covering domestic,
commercial and industrial projects. Fully qualified with NVQ Level 3,
AM2 and an NIC Approved Contractor, the question he’s often asked
is, like most tradespeople, what he enjoys most about his work.
“I genuinely enjoy the challenge of finding and pinpointing faults
and putting theory to the test. It's a case of process and elimination
so breaking the circuit down into sections until you find the cause of
the problem. It’s always satisfying to walk away knowing that I’ve left
something electrically sound and safe.”
Where is home?
I am based just outside Swindon in Pewsey.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
Spending time with family, walking my dogs,
keeping fit and watching football.
Craig Knight, CK Painting & Decorating
Local expert legal advice for you,
your business and your family
• Accident and Injury
• Divorce and Children Matters
• Employment issues
• Commercial Property
• Company and Commercial
• House Sales, Purchases,
• Consumer and Civil Disputes • Wills and Estates
Craig Knight began his career over 11 years ago in the domestic
painting and decorating field. Since starting his own business he’s
continued to develop his skills and abilities and now boasts a specific
focus on high end spray work. From his custom fitted industrial unit
in Hilperton, CK Painting & Decorating now partners with bespoke
joiners to decorate prestige units supplied across the South West.
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listed buildings. Due to increasing environmental concerns, councils
are increasingly prepared to consider slimline double-glazed units,
as long as they are done sympathetically to the building.
We also have to ensure we source timber, considered one of
the most sustainable and environmentally favourable construction
materials, from credibly certified forests in order to eliminate the risk
of deforestation. Accoya wood is a perfect example of this."
For more info:
job, the more hold-ups there can be. Material delays, unforeseen
circumstances that arise, breakages, amends to plans and even
holidays (yes, those in the building trades do take holidays!).
“I’m also often (too often!) asked if a job can be done cheaper and
of course it can. You’ll always find someone to provide a lower price
but be mindful that some building contractors don’t quote to the
specification provided. Once they’ve secured the contract they’ll start
adding on extras as they go along, meaning the cost will rise and
you’re in a situation you can’t get out of affordably. So be aware and
ask for a full itemisation and costing for the entire project spec.”
For more info:
“Being reasonably young in my industry, I often get asked if my
work is certified. I appreciate the thought behind that. Many domestic
clients might not know an electrician and as such whether the
work is guaranteed. I'm registered with the NICEIC as an approved
contractor so I can certify all works from domestic, commercial and
industrial. I get tested on a yearly basis to ensure the work I deliver at
any point is to high industry standards.”
For more info:
“The standard and the detail of finish we’re achieving now is
unbeatable. It was a massive investment to make the shift in how I
work, but it’s been extremely rewarding. People ask if I love my job or
if I get bored of painting, but I really don’t. 90 per cent of the work is
preparation and each job needs a different level of finish whether that
be a spray finish or a traditional brush and roller."
To book a visit and to find out more about becoming a Business Growth Group member please contact us via the website:
www.businessgrowthgroup.co.uk/contact-us/ or on Twitter: @BGGMelksham
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